Waitangi Day Reading Comprehension Activity Year 7 and 8 | The Treaty of Waitangi

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Engage your students in Treaty commemorations and New Zealand history and learn about New Zealand’s founding document with our Waitangi Day puzzle pack. Using the NZ School Journal Story Library text “Te Tiriti o Waitangi”, your students will learn about the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the impact that this founding document has had on Aotearoa, New Zealand. Integrate social studies and literacy with this print and go resource!

Students closely read the text and use the information to complete their interactive puzzles. Display the amazing completed puzzles and wow your school! This activity works for individuals, pairs, or teams.

Useful as part of your portfolio of evidence to meet the Education Council’s Registered Teacher Criteria.

In this Waitangi Day Puzzle pack you will receive:

1. A link to the NZ School Journal Story Library text “Te Tiriti o Waitangi” in PDF form. This text should also be available in New Zealand schools in hard copy form.

**’Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ is authored and illustrated by Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and Toby Morris.**

2. 12 puzzle pieces featuring a range of reading comprehension activities.

(Large and small puzzle pieces are included.)

3. A KWL chart to record students prior knowledge and further learning.

4. Two writing tasks to summarise student learning at the conclusion of the unit.

5. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions.

6. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.

Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in different places. The two versions of the Treaty say different things about who would have authority. Māori understandings were based on the version in te reo Māori, which the vast majority of Māori signed.


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